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Pledging of three fraternities halted Investigation may include conduct inquiries BY SARAH MEEHAN Staff writer

Although none of the three fraternities have been suspended as of yet, members of Pi Kappa Alpha, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Delta Chi have been told to stop initiating pledges. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

New pledges in three fraternities may never become initiated fraternity members since the Fraternity and Sorority Life Department began investigating and ultimately halted the chapters’ initiation programs earlier this week.

The administration suspended all new member activities for Pi Kappa Alpha, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Delta Chi, pending investigations and meetings with each chapter’s president, department Director Matt Supple said. He noted some of the most common reasons for this type of suspension

see FRATERNITIES, page 8

BY ERIN EGAN Staff writer

Seven members of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority who have been criminally charged with second-degree assault and hazing months after the sorority was suspended indefinitely in November will receive court dates from the state this month. Of the seven members who were criminally charged with engaging in illegal acts during pledging, three are students and at least two are university alumnae. The organization — a historically black sorority that has existed at this university for nearly 30 years, according to the organization’s website, and had four active members as of the fall semester — was suspended four months ago after hazing allegations made their way to administrators. Administrators said the suspension, which was issued Nov. 12, 2010, was indefinite so long as they were awaiting the outcome of a university investigation and the findings of Baltimore County Police and Prince George’s County Police, which have been investigating an incident from Oct. 18, 2010, according to court records. Tomorrow, six of the seven women — alumna Bridget Blount, 24; student Montressa Hammond, 24; student Kandyce Jackson, 20; Tymesha Pendleton, 26; alumna Zakiya Shivers, 26; and Monika Young, 23 — will receive information regarding their trial dates; student Amber Bijou, 22, will receive hers March 17. Reasons for the differing dates are unclear. Most of the women did not respond to requests for comment. Jackson said she did not wish to say anything about the incident. Her lawyer, Anthony

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WAR of the WORDS Few students join hundreds protesting Westboro Baptist Church’s message BY MOLLY MARCOT Staff writer

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church held signs denouncing homosexuality and sex outside Northwestern High School (above). Meanwhile, about 200 community members staged a counterprotest (below). CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

One group was largely missing from a rally yesterday that brought together nearly 200 community members against a group of fundamentalist Christians protesting homosexuality: university students. Five members of the Kansasbased Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing U.S. soldiers’ funerals and attributing their death to the prevalence of homosexuality in the United States, arrived at

Northwestern High School in Hyattsville yesterday morning with signs that read “Fags Doom Nations” and “Mourn for Your Sins.” But local high-school students and community organizations joined a counterprotest outside of the school, waving posters with messages such

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Good Samaritans

Three green projects will receive student funding

After four years, student activists will see the U. Senate vote on an amnesty policy

Mandatory fee charged students $6 apiece BY CLAIRE SARAVIA Staff writer


It was a battle with no end in sight, but that didn’t stop a select group of students from dedicating their lives to the cause. Alumna Stacia Cosner was the first person at this university to speak the words “Good Samaritan policy” about four years ago. After researching its success at other schools, Cosner presented students and university officials with a revolutionary idea: crafting a policy that would protect students from university sanctions if they risked calling for help for themselves or their dangerously intoxicated friends. In the years that followed, several other students became ensnared in the fight. Today, many of these students and alumni will gather in Stamp Student Union’s Atrium to watch as the University Senate votes on a proposed Good Samaritan Policy, which would replace the more flexible Promoting Responsible Action protocol that has been in place for the past two years. And for the first time since Cosner raised the issue four years ago, it seems, these individuals may get what they’ve been battling for. Student Conduct Director John Zacker, who has written every version of the protocol and policy thus far, said it was student activists — and undergraduates’ response to a ref-


University alumna Stacia Cosner was the first student to push for a university-wide Good Samaritan policy, which will be voted on by the University Senate today. PHOTO COURTESY OF STACIA COSNER

erendum posed by the Student Government Association three years ago — who convinced him that the Responsible Action protocol needed to be implemented as a policy. “When we initially reviewed the matter in committee, there was a general sense at that point that it was unnecessary to address the underlying concerns,” he said. “Over the following year, we reviewed the matter and obtained more data in the form of interviews and surveys. It was



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The most recent batch of green projects aimed at improving the university’s sustainability will soon be budding across the campus with the help of leftover money from mandatory student fees. The University Sustainability Council approved three new projects last month to receive less than $82,000 collected from the mandatory student sustainability fee, which required all students to pay $6 for this academic year and will eventually cap off at $12 by 2013. The three most recent projects include the construction of an on-campus garden, implementation of environmentally friendly water treatments for indoor pools and use of recycled materials for theater productions. This newest string of projects join six others approved last semester, totaling about $135,000 in funding allocated this academic year. Sustainability Council undergraduate representative Matthew Popkin said the

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remaining $12,922 from the fund that wasn’t used could be put toward one of the remaining 20 project proposals not approved for funding this academic year. “It really opens the door for [groups] to put forth ideas,” Popkin said. One of the newest projects, which received nearly $15,500 of the $148,000 pool of money generated from the student fee, is the development of a public health school Student Teaching Garden. The garden, which will be constructed between public health school and Eppley Recreation Center, will feature designated plots for growing vegetables as well as an outdoor classroom and meditation area. According to conservation biology graduate student Rachel Tennant, who pitched the project proposal by last year’s November deadline, students in several landscape architecture classes are working on designing the garden and hope to break

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RHA votes to move Honors housing in fall BY MARIA ROMAS Staff writer

The Residence Hall Association passed a resolution last night recommending the Department of Resident Life begin transitioning parts of the Honors College to the Ellicott Community this fall. Based on student reaction from two town hall meetings Feb. 21 that drew a handful of students, members of the RHA decided they were informed enough to take a vote after an extensive final debate. The resolution passed with 33 members for the move, three members against and one abstaining. Although Resident Life Director Deb Grandner was unavailable to confirm the transition will occur, RHA President Samantha Lengyel said she is confident the changes outlined

SORORITY from page 1 Faterni, also declined to issue a statement, claiming he did not have details about the case. Matt Supple, Fraternity and Sorority Life Department director, said university action against the sorority will be determined, in large part, by the outcomes of the investigation. “The suspension could be lifted and the sorority could [be] in good standing, or we could close the charter for a while,” he said. “We don’t typically close a chapter forever, but we can remove the charter for a while. We typically close charters for four years or until the last undergraduate student who was a part of the group has graduated.” Once the investigation is complete, he said, the university will work with the sorority’s national headquarters to bring the charter back to this university. Supple noted the university’s decision to suspend the sorority initially had more to do with an alleged violation of pledge rules than any criminal activity, as no charges had yet been levied. “The chapter was in violation of our intake guidelines, so part of the suspension was also related to their failure to comply with our intake guidelines,” Supple said. Student Conduct Office Assistant Director Tamara Saunders, who is overseeing the case, said she could not disclose information about

in the resolution will be put into effect as planned. “The next step is we are going to tell the Honors Program and the Department of Resident Life that we are in support of the transition, and it should go into effect fall 2011,” Lengyel said. “They were waiting for our support to see how resident communities felt, and we as the RHA felt we could make decision for community. We now fully support it.” Though the majority of representatives were clearly in support of the resolution at the final vote, a few still had doubts. The debate boiled down to whether it is fair to take Honors students away from the air-conditioning that will be coming to Denton Hall. “We’re trying to decide what’s best for the incoming year,” said Denton Hall senator Luke Rettig, a freshman physi-

actions the university will take against the individual members of the sorority, but she noted that disciplinar y charges will likely be brought against the sorority as a whole. Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Clement, who oversees Greek life issues, said no actions will be taken until more information is determined. “What we have is accusations, nothing is proved,” she said. “No one is comfortable with these allegations, so it makes everyone uneasy. Its just allegations. We’re just waiting for more information.” This university’s chapter of Zeta Phi Beta was founded in 1973, and Supple previously said he did not know of any incidents with the sorority since its inception. Zeta Phi Beta becomes the second historically black sorority to be suspended by administrators in the past year; Sigma Gamma Rho was suspended last year, according to Supple, and the group is not listed as a chapter on the DFSL website. Freshman business major Meg Dailey, who is currently pledging a different sorority that she declined to name, said she thinks hazing is unacceptable. “As a pledge, we’ve been taught about hazing, but we don’t do it,” she said. “If we are being hazed, we’re told to go to the councils or our president. I absolutely do not agree with hazing. It’s crazy.”

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ology and neurobiology major. “I can stay in Denton — it’s not about me, it’s about freshmen for next year. I understand it’s a trial we will have to face; we face lots of trials anyhow, I’m just not going to go looking for them. I’m all for putting people from Honors together, just not this quickly.” Student Groups and Organizations Liaison Casey Anis, a senior government and politics major, said a number of freshmen already live without airconditioning in their dorms and come out unscathed. “Why should Honors students be special?” Anis said. “What difference does it make that an Honors freshman is in the air-conditioned dorm as opposed to a nonHonors student?” Most RHA senators also argued that moving more Honors College students to the Ellicott

Community will help bring a greater sense of unity to those who felt sequestered from activities that took place only in the North Hill dorms. “I think it’s really good to think about it in the long term — there’s definitely a sense of disconnect between freshmen living on North Hill and freshmen on North Campus already,” said Public Relations and Outreach Officer Corie Stretton. “I think it will be really good to foster a better sense of community. As a junior going to be a senior in the Honors College, I can definitely say that there is no sense of community.” North Hill senator Kevin LaCherra said the Honors College’s request was made carefully, based on surveys they give graduating students that ask about their experience in the Honors College. “Basically, the only concerns we have are moving students

Resident Hall Association President Samantha Lengyel (foreground) co-authored the Honors College housing bill with RHA spokeswoman Corie Stretton. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

from Denton Hall at a time when Denton is gaining air-conditioning and a new dining facility,” freshman journalism major Adam Offitzer said. “But I feel

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t’s easy to be swept up in the thrill of national politics, which often capti- tives, it was clear the night was largely a success. Many of the roughly 90 students who turned out are connected and involved vates even the most disengaged each presidential election cycle. And while much can be said about the importance of national politics and the in university issues in some way, whether it be as members of the SGA or other power the federal government holds, more often than not the allure of university organizations. But their turnout and willingness to have a conversathat arena overshadows that of the local level. Whereas many students donned tion with those who make the decisions in Annapolis reflects greatly on stupolitical gear and expressed excitement during the 2008 presidential election, dent interest and involvement. As university President Wallace Loh said to stuthat sense of interest was nowhere to be found last November for a gubernato- dents before they met with legislators: “This is democracy in action.” While the success of Monday’s event shows an improvement by the SGA not rial election that, arguably, was just as important to students. Regardless of whatever lure national politics holds, it must not be forgotten only in advertising this annual event but also in garnering a turnout from stuhow directly state and local politics affect students on a daily basis. The Gen- dents unaffiliated with the organization, it also should signal to other student groups the ability they have to influence public policy. eral Assembly plays a major role in issues that concern After all, students do not need the office of the universtudents, from the crafting of the state’s budget, which sity president and the SGA to organize a trip to Annapolis. directly affects tuition costs, to the regulation of cellThe success of Terrapin Pride Other student groups that have a vested interest in legislaphone use while driving. And although apathy is still prevalent, some, it seems, recognize this reality. Day, the annual lobbying event tion before the General Assembly could easily make appointments to petition legislators. For example, with On Monday, about 90 university students traveled to sponsored by the SGA and the House of Delegates currently taking up the issue of Annapolis for Terrapin Pride Day to lobby their representatives on several bills pertaining to higher education. administration, should signal same-sex marriage, Pride Alliance could organize supto lobby in Annapolis much as it did when memOrganized by the University President’s Office and the to the SGA and other student porters bers lobbied at an SGA debate about supporting the state Student Government Association, the number was a solid groups that more lobbying bill. Moreover, members from organizations such as increase from last year, when 68 made the trip. UMD for Clean Energy could also visit the State House Beyond the increased number of students, this year’s opportunities are needed. and lobby their representatives on behalf of proposed legTerrapin Pride Day was an improvement on other fronts as well. Last year the SGA was slammed on this editorial page for taking a islation that would tax plastic bags in the state. There doesn’t even need to be a stance against and allowing students to lobby against a 3-percent tuition specific bill in play for a student group to schedule a meeting with lawmakers — increase despite Gov. Martin O’Malley having already submitted his budget Terps for Life members, for example, could express their views on the state’s and then-university President Dan Mote warning students not to waste legis- abortion laws, even though there is no specific bill before the legislature. Student interest is there. Some of those who attended Monday’s event lators’ time on what was already a done deal. Yet the SGA did not encourage students to adhere to Mote’s advice and came back from Annapolis with little expressed interest in returning to Annapolis in the future to further support causes they hold dear. And that should be a call to all organizations at this unito show for their efforts. This year, however, students seemed to adopt a different approach based versity that have a stake in the decisions made on the state level to take advanless on passionate principles and more on reality. Some expressed their sup- tage of the participatory democracy before them. Terrapin Pride Day need not solely be a yearly event. It need not solely be an SGA port for the tuition increase as the best option in light of the state’s budget deficit. Others touched on social issues and some on graduate student unions. initiative. To talk to legislators directly about real issues, student groups need only But whatever topics the numerous students discussed with their representa- show the interest and passion politicians so often say young people are lacking.

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The University of Puerto Rico: Dust off that beret


wo weeks ago, I re-leased my apartment in South Campus Commons Building 5. Rent had gone up $23. I was a little upset. Some months ago, students at the University of Puerto Rico were required to pay an extra $800, increasing their university costs by more than 50 percent. They were really upset. In a series of protests over the last year, students of that behemoth, 11campus institution rallied against administrative indifference, budget cuts and police brutality. According to a Feb. 17 piece in The New York Times, several of the university’s programs, including Hispanic studies, have been put “on pause.” Graphic instances of violence against students have been aired on networks such as Univision and can be found on YouTube. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), citing an editorial by The Puerto Rico Daily Sun, said the actions of riot police against stu-

MICHAEL CASIANO dents were a “gross violation of their rights and an act comparable only to the acts of dictatorships we all denounce and reject” (and also fund and help put in power, but that’s another story). With the attack against ethnic studies courses in Arizona, a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that would deny children of undocumented immigrants birthright citizenship, continued racial profiling, exclusion from institutions of higher education and civil rights violations on campuses all over Puerto Rico, Latinos/as are standing on shaky ground. Historically, Latino/a groups have been “a class apart,” too dark to

assimilate into the American mainstream and generally too white to face the same oppression as black people in the United States. Our histories have been either overlooked or put to the side in a painfully negligent manner. Not only that, when a program in the Tucson Unified School District aimed to teach students about Latino/a histories was instituted, it was attacked for being dangerous to students and the countr y. The give and take is simply too unbalanced, and Latinos/as are the ones who have to bear the brunt of the taking. In spite of that, in the past, we have been a community force to be reckoned with. The Mexican American Youth Organization and the Brown Berets were key figures in diversifying high school curricula during the 1960s and ’70s. The Young Lords was an activist group keenly aware of the injustices facing Puerto Ricans during the ’70s that led strong community movements, particularly in the

Bronx and Chicago. Organizations like these simply do not exist anymore, and if they do, they have become woefully irrelevant. For substantial change to occur, we have to think critically about the factors allowing these injustices to continue and avoid being complacent because the problems and root causes are not blatantly apparent. I encourage everybody who reads this to treat the issue as if it were happening in Delaware or New York, or even at this university. Too often people forget Puerto Rico has been a part of this country in some capacity or another for 113 years. As fellow members of a large state institution facing extreme budget cuts and administrative aloofness, we all have an entryway into the issue. Michael Casiano is a junior American studies and English major. He can be reached at

The end of discrimination: Not quite yet


n response to the spate of suicides committed by gay teenagers in September and October, sex columnist Dan Savage created an online video project with a simple goal: to prevent gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning and intersex youth from committing suicide by showcasing adults conveying the message that life gets better for LGBTQQI-identified individuals. Not surprisingly, the project was wildly successful, receiving praise around the world and drawing videos from adults of all sexual orientations, all of whom reassured viewers in relatively short YouTube videos that life for LGBTQQI-identified individuals improves with age. And based on recent events, who’s to blame Savage, or any of the approximately 10,000 people who submitted videos, from thinking that way? After all, since 2010, huge strides have been taken to eliminate the forms of legal discrimination against LGBTQQI individuals in this country. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” — the policy that banned openly gay and lesbian citizens from

serving in the military — was repealed by Congress in December. Last month, the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend or support the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. And same-sex marriage was not only declared a constitutional right by a federal district court judge in California this summer, but it was also legalized in the District and is now headed down that same path in this state. While the events that have occurred in the last 15 months have proved that life is in the process of getting better for much of the queer population of this country, it is still too soon to say whether it will, without a doubt, get better for every LGBTQQI youngster. Although the repeal of many forms of institutionalized discrimination such as bans on same-sex marriage and policies such as “don’t ask, don’t tell” represent perhaps the biggest victory for the gay liberation movement since the early 1970s, discrimination comes wrapped in other things

KEVIN TERVALA besides statutes. For instance, while I may be legally able to marr y my boyfriend in this state later this year, that doesn’t change the fact that it has become such a common occurrence to be called “faggot” from people in a passing car that I hardly even notice it happens anymore. Moreover, while life did get better for me once I moved from my homophobic hometown to go to college, the ability to simply move away is often not an option for many queer teens, who may lack the financial resources necessary to go to college or move elsewhere. And in many places outside the United States, things are much worse. There are 80 countries, for example, where same-sex sex acts are illegal, and many of those coun-

tries take it a step further than that, criminalizing merely being an LGBTQQI-identified individual. Considering the surprising ease with which the legalization of samesex marriage is making its way through the state legislature, many people, on this campus and off, have begun to question whether we are entering a “post-gay” age — an era in which an individual’s sexual orientation does not matter. I am here to put that rumor to rest. As long as laws that discriminate against transgendered individuals are still on the books, as long as individuals still face verbal and physical harassment for their sexual identity, as long as being straight is considered the norm, we are not in a “post-gay” age. And while I have hope that I will see such an age in my lifetime — and every queer individual reading this column should too — we still have a long way to go. So let’s get to work. Kevin Tervala is a senior art history and history major. He can be reached at


assume you’re aware the Terrapin men’s basketball team is in grave danger of missing the NCAA Tournament. I’m also assuming this is probably an upsetting thought for you, since you care about our basketball team. Then again, judging by how empty the student section was Feb. 23, perhaps you don’t care as much as ever yone — from coach Gar y Williams to ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt to yours truly — thought you did. I was one of the 12 people on the wall Feb. 23 when we clowned Florida State in our best performance of the season. To the other 11: Thank you for upholding our reputation as a student body that supports our sports teams. But to the vast majority of students who weren’t even in Comcast Center: Shame on you. Since the game, Van Pelt — an alumnus and SportsCenter anchor who hosts his own show on ESPN Radio — has ripped the student body he used to be part of on Twitter and local radio station ESPN 980, and his comments received play in The Washington Post. My favorite dig? From his Twitter: “If the only game [Maryland students] can be bothered to attend is the Duke game then as Terp students are so fond of saying Hey....YOU suck.” Ouch. With that said, I get it. We have lives. Moreover, we have tests to study for and papers to write. I get that. We’re one of the top public schools in the countr y. Trust me, I know. But those are hollow excuses. Unless that test is tomorrow or that paper is due tomorrow, are you skipping the Duke game for it? Don’t lie — you’re not. And here’s the point: You shouldn’t be skipping Florida State either, particularly when the team’s season is on the line. Van Pelt backs me up. The following is from his three-minute tirade against us — and again, he used to be one of us — on ESPN 980 last week. “I know what happened: They started letting in a lot more smart people that are really driven about their futures, and you guys had to study last night, and good for you. We had class back when I went to school, too. And we went to games. Because part of a college experience is a well-rounded experience, and going to athletic games is a big part of that.” The atmosphere that we created for the Duke game last month was one of the best in college basketball this season. It reaffirmed the widely held belief that we’re one of the best student bodies in the country. Feb. 23 took a sledgehammer to that belief. True fans support their team, win or lose, and they show up for games even if they have tests and papers looming, especially when the team needs them. The team needed us Feb. 23 against Florida State. We weren’t there. They won anyway — but that doesn’t mean they don’t need us. They’ll need us more than ever on Saturday. “We need a full house against Virginia,” Williams said after the Florida State win. Williams is not quitting. He never does. He never has in his life. And he doesn’t want you to quit on him and his team, like you did Feb. 23. Williams and Van Pelt know we’re true fans, even if we don’t always act like it. So it’s time to start acting like it. Stop reading this and go claim and print your Virginia ticket. Then make sure you fill up the wall Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Trust me, you won’t have a test or a paper due the next day.

Andy Gripshover is a senior history major. He can be reached at

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The colors of spring KAITLIN BULAVINETZ In March, spring begins to emerge, and bright merchandise replaces the dark colors of winter on store shelves. While students may be eager to wear the springtime clothes they see in shops, cool temperatures prevent spring from being incorporated into wardrobes just yet. However, with small additions to their rooms’ décor, students can still embrace the new season and leave winter behind. Nothing suggests the deadness of winter like bare white walls. While temporary student housing may not permit residents to paint walls, colorful fabric can add life and personality to a room. IKEA — less than three miles from the campus off Route 1 — has a wide selection of patterned material, which can be hung tightly like wallpaper or draped loosely like a tapestry, which can appeal to both girls and guys. Most of the fabric has a modern psychedelic feeling and comes in vibrant colors that scream spring. One of the newest prints for this season is the kaleidoscopic Fredrika pattern. Posters are main staples in college decorating, since they can directly reflect the inhabi-

tant’s personality and interests. Yet these powerful tools of self-expression are simply paper and vulnerable to the elements, such as any liquid that may spill out of a red Solo cup on the weekend. Frames not only protect and prolong the life of posters, but they also enhance the picture. “I think they look plain without frames,” said Martha VanLieshout, a junior government and politics major. “I like to mix the textures of the frames to give the pictures more depth.” In her room, VanLieshout has prints by impressionist artists such as Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, PierreAuguste Renoir and Claude Monet in wood, metal and brass frames. They are mostly from the store Anthropologie, which she cites as her inspiration for decorating her room. Frames do not always have to have a supporting role in decoration — they can also be the stars. “One of my friends has a whole wall covered in colorful frames without any pictures,” said Lauren Hamilton, a sophomore psychology major. “Since the walls are so white it can be kind of boring; because it takes up such a large portion of the room, it really makes it her own.” While guys may not be as inclined to experiment with the texture and color of frames, their pictures can also benefit from frames. With baseball season around the corner, a quick trip

to Michaels for a simple black frame before displaying a poster of a favorite team will contrast an action shot and make the poster pop against the walls. After the walls, another major component to a room’s atmosphere is its lighting. The fluorescent ceiling lights common in dorms and apartments are harsh, and they give the room a sterile feeling. Securing a piece of thin, almost translucent, material to the ceiling and over the light gives the room a more natural glow. Do not wrap the material tightly around the light, but loosely cover it so the fabric hangs. While the material should cover the light, it should not touch the bulb. Warmer colors such as yellow will create a realistic tone without sacrificing brightness. A small detailed pattern adds a nice pop of color to a bare ceiling. Spring is a time for renewal, whether for a closet or room. The colors of the season are never out of style. “I probably decorate my room more with spring colors. I love lime green, purple, bright pinks and blues,” said Molly Krebs, a sophomore communication major. “Winter’s so depressing anyway, so by the early spring months we’re so ready for it to be done. Winter just drags on forever, it seems.”

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PROTESTS from page 1 as “Standing on the Side of Love” and “Gay Means Happy.” “Black, white, gay, straight, we’re together fighting hate!” they chanted in unison at the group of Westboro protesters, who were confined to the opposite side of Adelphi Road. Although several organizations — including Equality Maryland, the National Organization for Women and the Northwestern Parent Teacher Association — were present at the event, university students, many of whom live a stone’s throw from the high school, were noticeably absent. Several said they were not aware the event was taking place. Pride Alliance President Spencer Brennen said although information about the protest was available on the group’s Facebook page, many students he spoke to had time conflicts because it was held from 8 to 10 a.m. He said several also had trouble getting to the school, adding that if a university bus had shuttled students, more may have attended. But for the handful of students who did attend, the rally presented an opportunity to show Westboro members that this community thrives on diversity. Julia Ruth, a freshman physics major and University Park resident whose brother attends Northwestern, offered her support to the high school and the surrounding community. “It’s very disheartening to see a church group trying to spread hate,” she said. “It wasn’t just a protest against hate for me; it was the fact that they were coming to my home neighborhood. ... Why would these people want to come here? There are so many loving people here.” Yesterday morning, the Rev. Noreen Seiler Dubay of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hyattsville stood across from the Westboro members and voiced her

Students work to end use of derogatory words BY ERIN EGAN Staff writer

Students and community members held a counterdemonstration yesterday against the Westboro Baptist Church in front of Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

own belief in the Christian faith and its tolerance. “I’m a pastor of a church, and I find it really abhorring that people who call themselves Christians would say the things and do the things they do,” she said. “I believe in a God that loves everybody. In the Episcopal Church, we respect the dignity of all human beings.” But on the other side of the street, the Westboro protesters demonstrated the opposite. “Put your filthy manner of life away; get over yourself,” said Jael Phelps, granddaughter of church founder Fred Phelps. “You’re not anything. You’re a creature. God’s the creator — you’ve got to obey him or you’re going to hell.” Although Capital News Service reported last week that the group chose to picket Northwestern because it described the school as “pervert-run,” Jael Phelps said they were simply targeting a school that promotes and accepts homosexuality, abortion and sex. “We’re here to inject some truth into this miry pit of lies,” she said. “All over the nation children have these signs. They’re indoctrinated with these terrible lies from the bowels of hell, instead of ‘Hey, there’s a God. He demands obedience.’” Phelps said the group traveled from Los Angeles yesterday before

stopping in this state to “spread the truth” to local students. “I’m their best friend,” she said. “Seriously, they deserve to hear some truth. If you see a bunch of people running head onto hell, you gotta say ‘stop.’ You don’t sit there silent, and you don’t enable them.” NOW Executive Vice President Bonnie Grabenhofer, of Silver Spring, stood by the message of acceptance. “I think what they do is despicable,” she said. “They spread hate. We came out to show that there’s a different message, that we embrace diversity.” Just before the start of the school day at 9:30 a.m., security officials asked students to return to class. Only a few dozen dispersed at the initial announcement, while several dozen more remained among other community members. Some high-school students said they felt the protest was worth missing class for. “I think it’s wrong that they’re protesting the right to be who you are,” said one Northwestern student who asked to remain anonymous because she was skipping class. “Being gay is not a choice, and if we’re living in America, which is supposedly the home of the free and the brave, well, let us be free.”

Students across the campus are working today to end the use of a common word they said has been transformed from a medical term into a hurtful slur: retarded. Created by the Special Olympics and Best Buddies International in 2008 — two nonprofit organizations dedicated to bridging the gap between people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those without — the National Spread the Word to End the Word day has reached universities across the nation. In celebration of the national awareness day, the university’s chapter of Best Buddies will set up shop on Hornbake Plaza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to educate students about why the word “retarded” is offensive to people with and without disabilities. “We will ask people to pledge not to use the r-word in inappropriate contexts by signing their name on a poster board we will have,” said Hayley Niad, membership coordinator of the university chapter of Best Buddies. “Our Buddy representative, Rick Kline, who has an intellectual disability and whose sister has an intellectual disability, will also be volunteering at the table to ex-

plain what the problem means to him.” Sophomore communication and English major Abby James participated in Best Buddies programs throughout high school and was often paired with disabled students. “Imagine what it’s like to have people use your condition as a joke,” she said. “Funny for them, maybe, but deeply painful for you.” Though now in college, James said she has maintained a close relationship with a former Best Buddy. “I’m still really good friends with one of my buddies, Chelsea, and she’s just one of my favorite people,” James said. “Passionate, smart, thoughtful, fun, with a better memory than anyone I’ve ever known. My friend deserves the same respect we all do.” The national movement to end the use of “retarded” began in 2008 after the DreamWorks film Tropic Thunder featured excessive use of the word. Demonstrators gathered across the nation to petition the movie’s satirical emphasis on the slur. “We’ve taken a word used to define a condition that people with disabilities are born with and made it into a word used to define anything we dislike,” senior economics major Aaron Hamilton said. “So when these individuals with these disabilities are con-

stantly hearing the word in a negative context, it is just outright offensive.” In spirit of the national movement, the university’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, commonly known as SigEp, will be hosting a 5-kilometer run April 16 with Autism Speaks, a fundraising organization for global biomedical research into autism. “We as a Greek organization are not just trying to reach out to other fraternities, but we are trying to band everyone together,” SigEp philanthropy chairman Jordan Adler said. “We want to reach out to the campus as a whole.” The fraternity has raised more than $45,000 in the past two years, said Adler, a senior physiology and neurobiology major. Many students said they feel SigEp’s philanthropy project is a step in the right direction toward increasing oncampus awareness about the use of all derogatory words. “When you start hearing something like the r-word as a playground epithet, you might not get what the big deal is,” James said. “But it is a big deal. It matters. So that’s why we have to change not just the language, but the attitudes and stereotypes behind the language.”

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SAMARITANS from page 1 really student opinion and statements from student leaders that convinced me that we should adopt this.” But when Cosner, a newly elected undergraduate senator, proposed the notion in 2007, Zacker, along with much of the administration and many senators, was not so keen on the idea. “It was interesting working on the [senate] committee because there was a lot of hesitation on the behalf of the administration on the committee that students would abuse the policy or that it was not necessary,” she said. “We underwent surveys and student input, and that process was very long. When I left, it wasn’t even a protocol, and it still hadn’t made its way out of the Student Conduct Committee.” It was then that Irina Alexander, who became president of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and eventually a university senator once Cosner left, continued the fight. “I’ve been in emergency situations myself where students have hesitated to call for help when a person’s life was potentially at risk,” said Alexander, who graduated last semester. “Although convincing students to call for help regardless of consequences is part of our battle, we cannot pretend it’s as simple as that. It’s important to solidly ingrain safety into UMD policy, instead of into a mere protocol, to make future generations of students aware of the priorities on campus.” Alexander personally collected data to show that students were in favor of adopting a Good Samaritan policy and worked with the SGA to draft a resolution in support of a permanent policy. The SGA also polled students that year to determine undergraduate support, and the results were overwhelming: More than 90 percent of undergraduates who voted said they would call 911 without hesitation if a firm policy were in place. Brad Docherty, an alumnus who served on the senate’s

most powerful committee the year the policy proposal was changed to a less-powerful protocol subject at the whim of the Student Conduct Office, said the policy’s humble beginnings are a testament to what can be done when students band together around an issue. “I think it’s great [that it’s up for a vote] because it’s all coming from student activists that saw a need for a more effective policy,” Docherty said. “I got to see the front end of it and how it was being visualized, and now that it’s hopefully going to actually happen. It’s interesting to see how something can go from a grassroots level to hopefully something in the books, so to speak.” Senior art history and history major Kevin Tervala, now a Diamondback opinion editor, served in the SGA his freshman year, when he wrote the original SGA resolution supporting a Good Samaritan policy in 2008. Tervala, who later pushed for the issue as a member of the senate, said seeing the policy come this far is an “incredible feeling” that is the culmination of years of student struggle. “It’s an amazing moment; I have worked on this for four years and other people have too, and when I look back on everything I’ve done in college, this is the issue I’m most proud of,” he said. “I’ve poured most of my energy and time and soul into this, and to see it come to the senate floor as a policy is just indescribable.” When Tervala was not reelected to the senate last year, he said he was not worried about the future of student activism around the Good Samaritan issue. Because the protocol, which was supported by the senate in spring 2009, was given a year to prove its effectiveness before it would be subject to senate review, he said he knew there would be students there to pick up the charge. Lisa Crisalli was one of them. Crisalli, an undergraduate student senator who has lobbied for the policy, said she is hopeful but still apprehensive about today’s vote. “I’m kind of biting my nails,” she said. “I’m trusting the senate to make the right decision, but I’ve learned in my time on




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the Senate Executive Committee that nothing is ever final. ... I’m waiting to see the results and trying not to get ahead of myself before then.” But Zacker said the document has been thoroughly edited and reviewed by multiple officials, and he is confident the protocol will become a concrete policy after today’s vote. “I would expect a favorable view of the floor of the Senate [today] because there is so much work that has been put into this,” he said. “It’s been a very thorough process that not only included faculty and staff, but our student leaders on the campus. I don’t believe I’m cautiously optimistic; I’m optimistic about the result of the Senate vote.” SSDP Vice President Crystal Varkalis, a sophomore plant sciences major, said even if the policy only helps one student,

FEES from page 1 ground by Maryland Day in April. Tennant said organizers believe students who use the garden, whether for classroom or recreational purposes, will learn to live more sustainably. “If [the campus] is going to be your home away from home, that sense of community is important,” Tennant said. Nearly $65,000 of the sustainability funding will also be used to create a new water treatment system for the ERC’s indoor pools, which officials said will minimize the use of chemicals to prevent bacteria and other waterborne organisms, such as algae, from growing. Campus Recreation Services North Campus Facility Manager Kim Eckert said the new treatment system will use moss, which naturally controls bacteria growth, in filters instead of resorting to large amounts of standard pool chemicals such as chlorine. “Campus Recreation Services considers sustainability a priority, and we’re excited to be a part of such an innovative project,” said Eckert, adding that the system will be implemented in the next three months. Eckert said the water treatment could save money that can further spread similar water treatment systems to the campus’s outdoor pools. About $1,500 of the funding will be spent on the final green project, recycling costumes and set pieces for master’s students’ performances in the theatre, dance and performance studies school. Graduate student Emily Oleson, who came up with the idea of bringing sustainability to the stage, said many of the costumes and set pieces students use could be reused by other productions instead of going to the landfill as soon as a piece ends. “We have a unique opportunity to incorporate sustainability as a design principle because we’re making it up as we go,” she said. But many students had mixed reviews on the mandatory fee. Sophomore kinesiology major Mason Khorasanian said these projects could be a waste of student money because not all students use them. Junior environmental science and policy major Gretchen Downey said students should be happy to contribute to a beneficial cause. “Ultimately, $12 isn’t going to be that big of a deal on top of rent, books and things you have to pay for,” she said.

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it is still crucial that the administration adopts it. Varkalis, who lost a friend from home after he overdosed and was left to die by those who knew him for fear of calling for help, has continued the tradition of steering SSDP toward the Good Samaritan fight. “If this policy was to get passed and save only one life, then I think it would be worth it,” she said. “I don’t think there’s a reason to ignore it and keep putting it off until that kind of situation does present itself and someone doesn’t get the help they need.” And while many are expecting a favorable outcome today, others said they will not celebrate until the final vote is cast. “I really want to be excited, Crisalli said. “But I’m going to hold my breath until then.”

FRATERNITIES from page 1 include subjecting new members to activities that jeopardize their safety and well-being or offering bids to unqualified students. Supple could not confirm whether the university was investigating each fraternity for those problems or if their new member programs were suspended for different reasons. Supple met with the presidents of the three organizations yesterday to explain their pledge programs’ suspensions. Among them was Delta Chi chapter president Mark Bruno, who said he spoke with Supple about hazing rumors that were circulating about his fraternity. “I did my best to relieve his worries,” Bruno said. “We’ve taken extreme steps to ensure the safety of our new members and remove any questionable behavior from our pledge process.” A member of one of the fraternities, who asked to remain anonymous, said all fraternity members have been forbidden from interacting with pledges until the investigation is complete. He said the fraternities first learned they were being investigated when a woman, who did not identify herself, called the chapter presidents and said officials had seen pledges leaving the fraternity houses late at night looking depleted. The investigations will determine whether each fraternity can continue to incorporate this semester’s new recruits into Greek life, Supple said, noting the department may ultimately determine pledges can still become members. “We frequently have multi-

“We’ve taken extreme steps to ensure the safety of our new members and remove any questionable behavior from our pledge process.” MARK BRUNO DELTA CHI CHAPTER PRESIDENT

ple chapters in trouble at any given point,” Supple said, adding it’s not uncommon for the university to suspend new member activities. Though DFSL is the only department conducting investigations at this point, Supple said it may involve the Student Conduct Office later. Bruno said he plans to meet with Supple again in a week to touch base on the investigation. “Personally, I’m not extremely concerned,” Bruno said. “I know what’s going on and that the rumors are false.” Pi Kappa Alpha chapter president Samuel Klieman and Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter president Doug Werber could not be reached for comment. Despite three fraternities being investigated, Supple said the investigations are not necessarily a reflection on the entire community. “We have a lot of chapters that are doing a lot of wonderful things that often get lost in the issues of a small minority,” he said.

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Terps don’t search far to find Holmes’ faceoff replacement Younger brother Curtis impressing early BY JAKOB ENGELKE Senior staff writer

After losing starting faceoff specialist Bryn Holmes to graduation last season, the Terrapin men’s lacrosse team had a gaping hole at one of its most important positions entering the 2011 season. Holmes won 54.2 percent of the draws he took last season, giving the Terps a crucial possession advantage in a number of their games. His departure had left this year’s senior-laden Terp team, which boasts nine returning starters, without a go-to faceoff specialist. Luckily for the Terps, his replacement was just a branch down the family tree. Curtis Holmes, Bryn’s younger brother by three years, has started in both games for the No. 3 Terps this season, winning 37 of 52 draws. His 71.2 faceoff percentage is the best in the ACC among players who have 10 or more attempts. His starring performance Saturday against Georgetown helped the Terps (2-0) clinch a convincing and equally impressive 20-8 victory. After winning only five of 12 faceoffs in the first half, Holmes dominated the Hoyas for the rest of the afternoon, securing 78.9 percent (15-for-19) of the draws he took in the final two frames of action.

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“Curtis played unbelievable,” attackman Grant Catalino said. “He’s the silent killer coming into the season. Nobody really knew much about him. … He’s been playing really well.” Holmes consistently handed the Terps possession throughout the second half and even made his presence known in the offensive zone. His goal — the first of his career — came off a clean faceoff win, and his two assists finished off odd-man breaks he had started with his work at the faceoff X. “As the game went on, we did a better job at the X,” coach John Tillman said. “It’s a credit to Curtis.” Georgetown coach Dave Urick couldn’t find an answer for Holmes. Four different Hoyas had a chance to best the 5-foot-9 sophomore, but none could match his dominance. After Holmes forced Urick to look to his bench following wins in four of his first five second-half faceoffs against Hoya starter Brian Tabb, the going only got easier for the Marriotsville native. Hoya defender Tyler Knarr and midfielders Patrick Murray and Matt Sutherland won just three draws in 12 attempts against Holmes. “The faceoff was a factor, for sure,” Urick said. “We trotted everybody out there. I don’t think we had anyone with any eligibility left that could go

They fell in overtime in 2005 and lost by 14 after an early 13-0 lead in 2006. A year away didn’t help much, as the Terps scored just five points in the final five minutes of a 15point loss in 2008.

Faceoff specialist Curtis Holmes has won 37 of 52 draws in the Terps’ two games this season, a mark that ranks first in the conference. He scored his first career goal Saturday against Georgetown. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

out there and face off.” “You never know what their strategy is,” Holmes added. “But it makes you feel good to know that they’re rotating guys in because you’re being so successful.” An instinctive faceoff specialist, Holmes used a strong clamp to claim most of the draws he took against the Hoyas. Unlike some players who try to guess when the referee will blow his whistle, Holmes starts his move only

But none of the defeats quite matched their secondhalf meltdown in 2009. Despite a career-high 23 points from guard Adrian Bowie, the Terps let a 12-point halftime lead evaporate in an

after hearing it. “It’s such a mind game at the X,” Holmes said. “I think it plays better into my hands because I’m more a reaction kind of guy and just go at the whistle.” Holmes attributed some of his success this year to working with freshman faceoff specialist Dan Noskin in practice and playing to his wingmen’s strengths during games. But he said watching his older

eventual two-point loss. The Hurricanes held the lead at just two instances the entire game — both in the final 1:20. In only one of those games (2005) has the stadium been at full capacity.

brother play in a Terp uniform and picking up small tips along the way was equally as important. After all, winning faceoffs is something that runs in the family. “I was there two years ago [watching Bryn play],” Holmes said. “I was a senior in high school, and it was awesome to see just how important a single player can be to a team.”

“Tough places to play make you play better,” Williams said. “I’d much rather play a crowded, noisy team on the road than play in a half-empty building. It’s a lot easier to compete for me. Maybe it

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bothers some players or other coaches with the crowd going crazy, but I like it.” If this season has been any indication, tonight’s game will be much closer to a half-empty building than a sellout. The Hurricanes have the lowest average home attendance in the ACC and have yet to record a sellout. That could bode well for Williams’ young team, which has found success on the road this season in less-than-hostile environments. In games at Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Virginia, the Terps went undefeated. The recent emergence and soaring confidence of guard Terrell Stoglin could play a large factor in the Terps reversing their poor play in Miami. In his first ACC road test Jan. 9, the freshman connected on just one of 10 shots at Duke. Three days later, Stoglin’s poor shooting continued with a 1-for-9 performance at Wake Forest. But in the past six games, Stoglin has averaged more than 20 points per game. He exploded for 25 points at Virginia Tech on Feb. 15 and carried the Terps offensively at North Carolina with a careerhigh 28 points Sunday. His scoring, along with the consistent play of forward Jordan Williams, has the Terps optimistic heading into their latest tilt at Miami. “We have some guys playing at a national level right now in Jordan and Terrell,” Gary Williams said. “So we can compete. ... There’s not many teams scoring as many points as we are right now.” Despite growing anxiety from fans regarding the team’s postseason hopes, Williams has remained focused on the present, saying that his players’ lone focus is on their next task, as daunting as it may seem — winning at the BankUnited Center. “If I thought it would help our team, it would come up,” Williams said when asked if he’d discussed the NCAA Tournament with his team. “It doesn’t help your team because the way you prepare and get ready to play is to focus on the team you’re playing against. Our players understand we’re in a position that we have to win.”

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After dominant season inside, Kizer, Thomas honored by ACC BY CONOR WALSH Staff writer

All season long, the Terrapin women’s basketball team has turned to center Lynetta Kizer and forward Alyssa Thomas to pace one of the nation’s most dominant frontlines. Yesterday, the ACC recognized the team’s dynamic onetwo punch when it announced its all-conference honorees, as voted on by media members and school representatives. After helping lead the No. 13 Terps (23-6, 9-5 ACC) to the fourth seed in this week’s ACC Tournament, both Kizer and Thomas were named to the All-ACC second team. Kizer’s honor marked her second straight All-ACC selection and her third time being honored by the league. After winning the conference’s Rookie of the Year award in 2009, Kizer earned a spot on the All-ACC third team last season. Thomas leads all conference freshmen in scoring and rebounding and is the first freshman to be named to the league’s first or second team since former Terp forward Marissa Coleman in 2006. “First and foremost, a tremendous honor for our team,” coach Brenda Frese said. “Those individual accolades don’t happen if you don’t have great selflessness from your teammates.”

them to beat collapsing zone defenses from outside. The Terps couldn’t, and as a result, Virginia Tech and Boston College took similar approaches in their two games last week, daring the Terps to shoot from beyond the arc. On Feb. 24, against the Hokies, freshman guard Laurin Mincy stepped up and knocked down four 3-pointers to open up the lane and spark the victory. In Chestnut Hill, Mass., it was the Terps’ veteran guards, Anjale Barrett and Kim Rodgers, who took charge. The junior duo combined to shoot 5-for-7 from beyond the arc and forced the Eagles to defend the perimeter. “We felt like they were going to go to a zone early,” Frese said following Sunday’s 78-69 victory. “It was huge … shooting the ball with confidence.” After the Seminoles’ successful zone defense, it’s possible the Terps could see more of the same at the ACC Tournament. And players know a performance from 3point range like those against Virginia Tech and Boston College will be crucial in their efforts to win the program’s 10th ACC title. “Anytime you can hit a shot and take a team out of what they want to do,” Rodgers said, “it gives the whole team confidence.” UP FOR GRABS

DEEP TURNAROUND What a difference a week can make. On Feb. 20, the Terps dropped an ugly contest to No. 14 Florida State due largely to an inability to shoot from the perimeter. The Seminoles clogged the paint, making it difficult for the Terps to find their go-to scorers in the post and forcing

Warranted or not, the ACC Tournament nearly always tips off with a clear favorite to take home the hardware. This season, that’s simply not the case. The ACC boasts five teams ranked in the top 20 nationally and an upper echelon deeper than Frese has ever seen. “I haven’t seen the kind of parity that we’ve seen this year,” Frese said. “I think it’s

ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM Cierra Bravard, Florida State Shenise Johnson, Miami Carolyn Swords, Boston College Jasmine Thomas, Duke Riquna Williams, Miami SECOND TEAM Bonae Holston, NC State Lynetta Kinzer, Terps Italee Lucas, North Carolina Alex Montgomery, Georgia Tech Alyssa Thomas, Terps Center Lynetta Kizer, right, the ACC’s Rookie of the Year in 2009, earned a spot on the ACC’s all-conference teams for the second straight year yesterday. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

wide open this year, in terms of not having a true favorite.” While No. 9 Duke will arrive in Greensboro as the top seed, the Blue Devils — who suffered a 22-point defeat against the fourth-seeded Terps on Feb. 17 — appear more vulnerable than conference regularseason champion of years past. No. 2 seed Miami and No. 3 seed Florida State, meanwhile, round out the top four seeds, but neither has beaten Duke. And with dark horses Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Boston College all capable of runs at the tournament title, it’s anybody’s guess as to how things shake out starting tomorrow. “It has the potential to be one of the best tournaments in ACC history,” Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said in a teleconference yesterday. “There’s seven teams that could challenge for the title. It comes down to the depth of your team.”


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Maryland Terrapins

Miami Hurricanes

18-11 (7-7 ACC)

17-12 (5-9 ACC)

WHEN: Tonight, 7 p.m. WHERE: BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Fla. TV: ESPNU RADIO: WJZ-FM 105.7 SERIES: Miami leads, 10-6 LAST MEETING: Terps 81, Hurricanes 59 (Jan. 26, 2010, at Comcast Center) DATA: Hurricane guards Malcolm Scott and Durand Scott lead the ACC in 3-pointers per game. The two also rank among the ACC’s top six most accurate shooters from deep.

In small arena, a large problem Terps winless at ’Canes’ BankUnited Center BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer




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In a conference in which venues such as Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Dean Dome and Comcast Center are almost as much of a draw as the teams playing inside them, Miami’s BankUnited Center stands apart. The 8,000-seat, multipurpose entertainment center is the smallest homestead in the conference and has rarely operated at full capacity this season. Even its namesake has had a checkered past and bleak future — federal regulators seized BankUnited last year, leaving the venue’s future name in doubt. But the arena has a pained relevance for the Terrapin men’s basketball team. In four games there, the Terps have yet to escape with a win. Tonight, they’ll have a chance to

help erase those memories and snag an important road victory against a pesky Miami squad. The Terps’ (1811, 7-7 ACC) deteriorating NCAA Tournament hopes depend on a bounce-back victory after a missed opportunity on the road against No. 13 North Carolina on Sunday. The Hurricanes (17-12, 5-9) are by no means on the path to an NCAA Tournament appearance, having lost three of their past five games. Still, tonight’s result is far from a gimme. “We haven’t had a lot of success there, but there’s no reason for it,” coach Gary Williams said. “They did a good job against us. They’re well coached. They played well.” Since the conference expanded to add Miami in 2004, the Terps have made trips to Coral Gables, Fla., in

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Former guard Eric Hayes and the Terps fell, 78-63, in 2008 at Miami, where they are winless in four outings. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

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